Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014: What a Vacation!

As we take the time to reflect on this past year, we at Daily Vacationer are absolutely blown away by 2014.  We were able to see and do more things than we ever imagined in the Greater Philadelphia area - and we loved every second of it!  We had such a great time during all of our travels and explorations, and truly loved every place that we visited and every experience that we got to have.
If pressed, we would have to admit to having a few favorite moments: tagging along with the Philly Bike Tour Co., enjoying the beautiful music of the Philadelphia Orchestra, getting a grand tour of the Battleship New Jersey, looking at fun from a child's perspective at the Garden State Discovery Museum, searching for dinosaurs during our own Dino Week, and experiencing an intimate look at the Woodmere Art Museum.  Daily Vacationer also needs to express a sincere appreciation to The Academy of Natural Sciences who were the first ones to take a chance on letting us visit and have since become one of our home away from homes in the city.
Beyond the personal fun and enjoyment we get out of our travels, Daily Vacationer is thrilled to have been able to meet so many of the people who are behind the scenes at the events and locations that residents and visitors to the Philadelphia area get to experience - zookeepers who talk adoringly about the animals they care for, curators who take us through every nook and corner of their museum (or battleship or estate) and answer inane questions like whether or not they have a nickname for their sphinx, scientists who patiently explain things in a way our non-scientific minds can appreciate, gardeners who stop what they are doing to tell us what they are doing, children's museum staff members who spend their days making things unbelievably fun for others, families who open adventure parks or run farms together, and those who love their neighborhood/town/city so much that they devote their lives to telling others about why it is so wonderful. 
The people that we have had the privilege to meet this year have an incredible passion for their nook of Greater Philadelphia - and it is contagious!  Every place we visit we leave wondering how we are ever going to do it justice and hoping that the pictures we took are going to be enough to convey how awesome it really is.  From Philadelphia, out the Brandywine Valley, down to Wilmington, and back around again to Southern New Jersey, we love where we live and we love exploring it.  And hopefully (HOPEFULLY) we have managed this year to inspire some of you get out there and love it as well.
We look forward to a wonderful 2015 with new adventures and new daily vacations!  We are excited to be expanding our family to include a kids version of Daily Vacationer (Daily Vacationer Jr.) and we can't even tell you everything we'll get to enjoy.  Because that's also one of the great parts of Greater Philadelphia: You can vacation around it everyday and still have so much left to experience!

None of what we do would be possible without the help and support (trust and understanding) of A LOT of people.  So here is our 2014 list of sincere gratitude - thank you so so much (and we're sure we're forgetting a few):
Penn Museum
Adventure Aquarium
The Franklin Institute
Garden State Discovery Museum
Parkway Museums District
Academy of Natural Sciences
Longwood Gardens
Philly Bike Tour Co.
The Philadelphia Orchestra
The Kimmel Center
Diggerland USA
Philadelphia Chocolate Tours
Brandywine Zoo
Glen Foerd Estate on the Delaware
Fairmount Park Conservancy
The Play Café
Arasapha Farms
Philly Phlash
Tyler Arboretum
Philly Love Notes
Philadelphia CVB
Philadelphia Visitor Center
Creamy Acres Farm
Scott Arboretum
Chestnut Hill
Smith Memorial Playground
Association for Public Art
Delaware River Waterfront
Hill Creek Farms
Morris Arboretum
Johnson's Locust Hall Farm
Camden Children's Garden
Camden Riversharks
Elmwood Park Zoo
Brandywine River Museum
The Battleship New Jersey
Please Touch Museum
Cowtown Rodeo
Philadelphia Zoo
Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
Philadelphia Flower Show
Historic Philadelphia
American Swedish Historical Museum
Free Library of Philadelphia
Camden Waterfront
Duffields Farm Market
Reading Terminal Market
South Street Headhouse District
Independence Seaport Museum
Whitall House/Red Bank Battlefield Park
Valley Forge
Woodmere Art Museum
Philadelphia Museum of Art
New Jersey State Museum
Delaware Children's Museum
City of Wilmington
Delaware Museum of Natural History
Delaware Art Museum
Linvilla Orchards
Historic Kennett Square
Downtown Haddonfield
Cohanzick Zoo

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